The Incoming Chairman

Submitted by Douglas Leopold Phillips

Dr. Jerome Walcott, BLP Candidate for Christ Church South

“Dr. Walcott had the … audience cheering lustily and shouting approval when he called on all BLP members to by their words and actions show total loyalty to the party and be fully focused on defeating the DLP. He then got his loudest roar of support when he demanded that BLP Members of Parliament Group maintain unquestionable loyalty to the party, stressing that one of the reasons he was seeking office as Chairman was to give 100 per cent assistance and support to Political Leader Owen Arthur…” [BLP_news@blp.org.bb August 30th 2011]

The Incoming Chairman. This seems like the perfect title for a novel with immense literary potential. A novel that seeks to capture the constant churning and turmoil of a group of people destined to destroy each other. The main theme of the novel speaks to a tragedy of epic proportions. It’s a combination of greed and betrayal wrapped in the pretence of loyalty. We see a struggle taking place between the rival factions with a community of persons who once spoke to the text of unity and camaraderie, good governance and fair play. In this novel, we witness a fresh guard, in the person of a loyalist called Jerome. Jerome has a passion to serve and would do anything to ensure that his community is healed. His desire is so strong that he has opted to carry the fight to the other faction within the community. His desire and passion was wrapped in a virtue called loyalty. How did the old boss get Jerome to carry his political fire rage or is Jerome actually carrying his own rage? Questions of this nature can be explored in the novel.

In recent times, the small political class, within the community has spoken, and sought to dismiss any notion of a return to power by Mia. Now, Mia is seen as the other leader within the community. She possesses a fire in the belly to see the community grow. This desire is demonstrated in her constancy of getting up on each occasion she has been knocked down. One has lost count of the times she has been floored by her former boss now her political antithesis.

This tragedy that has befallen the community has spurred an intense amount of infighting within the Councils of the community. The race to influence the selection of the full slate of community leaders in the 30 designated constituencies has taken a new twist. Persons who courted areas for well over five years are publicly been told that their services and efforts may be over looked for brighter sparks. This in itself is an entire dynamic, especially, when the persons at the centre are flying in the face of domestic opposition. We cannot close our eyes to the potential intrigue that the novel has the potential to generate.

How can two persons, in such a small space, be always at each other’s neck? This constant political machination is the root of the intrigue. We thought with hugging, kissing and making up that some tempers would have cooled. It is clear that instead of cooling they are now at a very tense level. The scenarios for the ending of this novel are extremely gripping. Let’s assume, Jerome wins and further entrenches his old boss as the political architect of a new hopeful attempt of regaining unity in the community. What would become of Mia? Is this the end of her political ambitions? Will the old political boss succeed in delivering the final political blow without even participating in the bout? If Mia wins, will she seek to garner the support of the rank and file? Will she seek to advance the necessary constitutional changes to ensure members of the community have a bigger say in what the political class has authority over? Or will Mia finally end this sordid love affair that has come to characterise the community to the point of total fracture.

The Novel ..In coming Chairman is due for consideration in October 2011. The discussion on publication will take place somewhere in Roebuck Street. We patiently wait.

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  1. The evidence is simply overwhelming! Despite Barbados being in a bitter recession, Mia Mottley is putting money in people’s pockets, thereby helping them to cope and keep body and soul together: “NOW,” when they are said to be struggling to stay above water. The very simple point is: ‘recession or not, with Mia Mottley, Barbadians will have money to spend.’ That is certainly really great news. The evidence is right there!

    HERE IS GOOD POLITICS: After 108 years of existence and earlier this year, the re-elected President of FIFA vowed to take urgent steps to stamp-out corruption – allegation of which has been plaguing that organization for some time. Before that, and long before President Obama established the Bowles/Simpson Committee or America established a bipartisan committee to look at the economy, Mia Mottley had also made a similar call in Barbados. Then on September 29th 2010, while addressing the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) Mia Mottley shared her vision for a new development model for Barbados.

    ON THE SOCIAL SIDE, during the St. John By-election held in January, Mia Mottley called on persons with the financial capacity to do so, to: “Adopt a Family,” and help them through this difficult economic period. It was therefore refreshing when – within recent days, I read that the richest people in Germany, America, France and Spain are now encouraging their respective Governments, to tax them more, to help the wider society. Mia Mottley is clearly – way ahead of her time.

    A breath-taking development model:

    In recent weeks and without fuss or fanfare, Mia Mottley launched a social development programme, which will put hundreds of thousands of dollars in the pockets of ordinary Barbadians, during this recession. That football tournament (of which she is said to be one of the main organizers) seems like an aspect of an even broader and more comprehensive development initiative, which she continues to build-out and which seems to form part of her plan for: “A new, just and well ordered Barbadian society and green economy.’

    It would seem that instead of pointing fingers and seeking to blame the Government for the current recession, Mia Mottley has taken the laudable decision to put money in the pockets of families, which will help them pay their bills, buy food and send their children to school, while also helping them cope and keep body and soul together.

    That she is able to execute a lucrative football tournament or such a massive social development programme during a bitter recession and while in Opposition – think how much more she would be able to accomplish – in your name and on your behalf – if she was leading the BLP (Administratively) or Barbados in general. I say: “administratively: because the BLP already has a “Political Leader.”

    It is also clear that the new, unmatched progressive development model, which Mia Mottley continues to roll-out – is far superior to the DLP’s tired ‘societal model,’ which is clearly not working or the obsolete economic model now in existence because her’s is one that seeks to (1) truly empower; transforms and truly change the circumstances of people, (2) make them better far more responsible; independent and productive citizens with new core values, while (3) promoting new patterns on ownership in our country.

    The football tournament therefore meets all the criteria of a sound social and economic development initiative because it focuses on people and contains elements of poverty prevention and also has the capacity to serve as ‘a crime prevention strategy,’ since it will ‘strengthen relations within and across communities.’ It would seem that Mia’s approach also promotes: ‘good health and wellness; discipline; skills and personal development; trust; mutual respect and team work’ – fundamental core values, which are vital to even Barbados – overcoming many of the challenges it currently faces.

    Most impressive is its capacity to spur economic activity, as well as the social development assistance it offers to individuals, which is complemented by monetary incentives to promote self and skills development. The individual benefits, the community benefits and Barbados benefits. And, for that – Mia Mottley must be highly complemented for ‘staying focused’ and, ‘for putting people first’ and ‘money in their pockets during this bitter recession,’ of course when it really matters.

    But as you know, football has been played in Barbados for years, so what is different this time around? MIA MOTTLEY! When Mia Mottley is involve or gets involve even ordinary people become winners. People in communities all across Barbados can therefore go to bed and rest comfortably knowing that, recession or not, whether you are BLP, DLP or Independent, as long as Mia Mottley has anything to do with it – you will have money in your pocket and money to spend.


  2. Of course Mottley got moneyto blow on football after all her share from the prison and road works and the tickets sold to VECO for her lesbian limes is still sitting in her offshore bank account in the Cayman islands


  3. Douglas Leopold Phillips, a little piece of advice. If you want to capture the imagination of young voters you will have to change your name. Nobody under the age of 40 identifies with a guy called Douglas Leopold.

    How about Damien Larique or something so?


  4. Approaching one year since BLP power-hungry opportunists ousted Mia Mottley

    October 18th is the 1st Anniversary of the plot

    Owen Arthur is “under tremendous pressure to ensure he attracts more people” to public meetings than Mia Mottley did when she was BLP leader.

    Unfortunately for Goin wid Owen, folks remember that as Leader of the Opposition, Mia Mottley attracted THOUSANDS to her meetings. That’s just not the case now with Mr. Arthur who often finds himself talking to more empty chairs than people. Some of his backroom advisors are getting a little nervous and well they should.

    “In our opinion, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart doesn’t have to win the next election: he just has to wait for Owen Arthur to lose it.”

    “When Owen Arthur, George Payne, Dale Marshall and Jerome Walcott travelled to the Ermie Bourne Centre at Hillaby St. Andrew, on Sunday, August 28th 2011 for a meeting – they succeeded in doing three things. With the first anniversary approaching, they gave Barbadians another opportunity to see the chief architects of the plan, who ousted Mia Mottley as Barbados’ first female Leader of the Opposition, on October 18th 2010…”

    “…What is the BLP’s cause now and what is its message? It simply cannot be that the BLP wants to form the Government! BLP members must not allow themselves to get “accidental false hope” deliberately. Even if the DLP was losing popularity, that would not result in an automatic electoral victory for the BLP.”


  5. Damien Larique a piece of advice.

    The prose too purple. I stopped reading after the first paragraph.

    How about hiring someone some bright young spark who can write simple, elegant, beautiful prose?

    Since DLP has been around for decades surely there is enough money in the kitty to hire a good writer (maybe someone like me?)


  6. “The Incoming Chairman” seems like the perfect title for a great novel which
    captures the turmoil of people destroying each other. The main theme addresses a tragedy, a combination of greed and betrayal and false loyalty. A struggle is taking place between rival factions in the same party.

    See.

    My 3rd form teacher taught us to be short and sweet.


  7. Even if the DLP was losing popularity, that would not result in an automatic electoral victory for the BLP.”

    @ from /
    You are talking nonsense


    • In response to the CBC sacking of Peter Wickham here is what David BU posted on Wickham’s Facebook Wall a moment ago:

      A question Peter, are you a member of the BAJ? Can we look forward to an article from you about the importance of protecting freedom of expression in a democracy? Remember you were told when the Nation newspaper refused to carry an article or two a couple general elections ago that you and other media players are simply creatures of the system,. A cynical view perhaps or is it a realistic one?

      God speed!


    • @CCC

      Your are truly exposing your feathers, there is nothing in that report which Peter has not written about in his articles through the years.

      In fact Peter has been one of the few social commentators who has written exhaustively about the need for campaign financing.

      What is new except that David Thompson is gone, Mia is gone and we have a new guard.


  8. who is the deputy prime minister of barbados ?
    how long will it take for us to be told ?
    do we have to change the law to get a deputy prime minister


    • @Just Asking

      Minister Ronald ‘Demons’ Jones is the de facto Deputy Prime Minister.

      Is a deputy required under the law any way?

      You are correct though, from a political strategy position, a deputy is essential.


  9. cant peter get a ZR drivers licence , buy a taxi, sell ground provisions, sell insurance (oh no !) or sell nuts ??
    doesnt the ‘nut man’ make good money ?
    isnt the nut man from st vincent?
    if a st vincent nut man can make it in Barbados , cant a bajan nut man or snocone vendor make in Barbados ?
    cant peter just leave barbados and find work ?


  10. Interesting! Freundel can act quickly when the party appears to be seriously threatened. There has to be more to this story than has been told so far. Hmmm…. Is it in Peter Wickham’s interest to fight this? Did his apparent non-adulatory views of Freundal vis a vis Sinckler have anything to do with the summary action?

    …….. and what about the ongoing FIFA story and the missing CLICO assets? How come no BU article on these potentially big stories?


    • @checkit-out

      Are you serious?

      Did you comment on the CLICO story posted a few days ago? Does anyone care except those who want to make a political yarn?

      Have we not blogged about Jack and this matter?

      Are we not on record saying it is stupid for Ronald Jones to wear two caps?

      Checkit.out no need to be snide.


  11. David; surely you meant in your post above that Ronald Jones is the defacto DEPUTY prime MInister of Barbados. That was a slip of the typing fingers? Right?


  12. David; Re. your 10.16 am post.
    What CLICO story posted a few days ago? Looks like I missed it or alzheimers is setting in. Please point me to it again.

    Re, the FIFA story, the Jack Warner aspects of the matter seems to have played themselves out but the story of Barbados’ reps being summoned to a meeting in the Bahamas is current. I don’t recall it being blogged about here. But again I might have missed it. I don’t visit here and check all the topics as often as I used to.


  13. David;

    Thanks for the link. I had somehow missed it. I now wonder what kind of solution Chris Sinckler had in mind, when he was making his budget statement wrap-up, in declaring the good news of an imminent settlement of the CLICO matter. Would the Government (i.e. the People of Barbados) now have to underwrite the very substantial missing CLICO assets in funding that solution?


    • @checkit

      A good question. The message from the judicial managers about missing assets and the good news story which minister Sinckler sent during his budget wrap up seem to be conflicting.


  14. The longer this CLICO story goes on the more sordid it’s going to end up. Things that start bad don’t usually end good, unless a large sum of money is thrown at it. In this case, there’s no large sum of floating money to spare.

    As for Wickham, a four (4) line dismissal letter is begging for trouble in the realm of politics and perception.


  15. DAVID

    Another blackman making an ass of himself.

    First it was GLINECLARKE with his RACIST remarks in our Parliament.
    Now bonehead WICKHAM selling out his own black people to the Americans.

    I wonder if black people will ever learn.


  16. What is the essential charge against Peter Wickham?

    Was it that he consistently provided information on corruption in Caribbean Governments to the US Embassy here?

    Do the facts presented so far suggest that Wickham provided information on Barbados’ Government corruption to the Embassy? What I’ve read so far says no and indeed they suggest that Wickham was careful in providing information on corruption in other Caribbean countries, Not Barbados.

    The facts also suggest that the Wikileaks information now being suggested as the reason for Wickham’s firing predated the DLP coming into power.

    Does this seem like something for which the current Government would fire a reasonably influential avowed supporter?

    Was this therefore a preemptive strike by the current Government to stave off the issuance of current information on corruption in Barbados that could be very damaging to the DLP?

    Could there be very much more in the mortar thn the pestle?


  17. Speaking of Wikileaks it has just released thousands of cables in which names have not been redacted. Formerly it tried to protect individuals who had spoken to US State Dept. officials but who lived in unfriendly countries e.g. Iran. But due to a dispute between Wikileaks and one of their media collaborators (the Guardian) it has now released the whole kit and caboodle.

    This has put it on a direct collision path with the journalism body “Reporters without Borders” who fear that some of their colleagues lives or security may be in danger.

    If the Gov’t run CBC fired Wickham because of his speaking to US officials about corruption in the Caribbean, then it says more about the Gov’t than it says about Wickham. If a Gov’t is concerned about corruption why dismiss a “whistle blower”?

    Wikileaks and Julian Assange should also face some serious scrutiny, if the sources of its content are whistle blowers why destroy the Goose that laid the golden egg?

    If I was a whistle blower the last organization I would speak to is Wikileaks, they have destroyed whatever integrity they had left. I think that any support that Assange had is rapidly evaporating and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are few voices of protest when he is eventually carted off to the US to face their justice..

    BTW if anyone at Peter Wickham is the only credible person in Barbados who spoke to US State Dept officials I have a private island to sell them off Barbados, it’s called Pelican Island.


    • @Sarge

      The Wikileak source is that soldier boy who provided access to US cables and not the names listed therein.


  18. David

    I knew that, but prior to the “soldier boy” they received information from other whistle blowers but the US State Dept. cables was the big enchilada. Wikileaks agreed with the newspapers that they would not release any information that would compromise subjects living in countries e.g. Iran and China so essentially they have broken that agreement.

    I don’t think you are looking at the big picture, what is the difference between a whistle blower who speaks to the US State Dept or a whistle blower who leaks info to Wikileaks?

    None, but that just my opinon.


  19. @ checkit.out
    Quote
    “Do the facts presented so far suggest that Wickham provided information on Barbados’ Government corruption to the Embassy? What I’ve read so far says no and indeed they suggest that Wickham was careful in providing information on corruption in other Caribbean countries, Not Barbados.’
    Ends Quote

    It would appear as though you are the only person who read and understood the Wikileak reports. Reading the comments from
    some of the BU bloggers and almost all of the BFP bloggers, I thought that there were other data published which I might have missed. Thanks for your input. Now I know that my four eyes are working. lol.

    @ David

    Quote
    ‘What about the fact that Peter is known to be a Chris Mia sympathizer?’
    End quote

    The last time I saw a ball like the above delivery was from Muralitharan to Brian Lara at the Galle in Sri Lanka but it was dispatched over cover for 6. It was a beautiful ball but Lara was down the wicket in a hurry and committed to the cover drive. Had he missed or mistimed it , he would have been out. I will wait and see if there are any Laras in the BU family. lol.

    Oh how I enjoy the BU exchanges!!. The other people ain’t saying nuttin. lol


  20. If It it is true that Peter Wickham was giving “sensitve information to the USA government, I expect he would have done it for a really good reason.

    We should wait to hear his “explanation”.


  21. To All:
    Am I reading correctly; was Peter Wickham spying for the US Government. Yes if what is being said here is true then he was a spy. Did he recruit Mia Mottley too?


  22. The normal Freundel decision making process seems to be; Cogitate – mull things over some more – discuss possible action with relevant cabinet members – let things come to a head and then act. That process was apparently short circuited, given the apparent speed of the decision making and action. Why? Was Chris Sinckler kept out of the loop on this one?

    The wikileaks leak, linked on BFP, doesn’t appear to suggest that Wickham was spying or providing information on Barbados’ corruption per. se although he was evidently doing so on his clients in the other Islands. Did CBC act merely on the principle that its consultant should not provide to third parties any analytical insights related to corruption by its former or current clients and garnered in the process of a consultancy even if that information is essentially in the public domain and presumably of little relevance to Barbados. The action would therefore be to stave off the possibility of a future similar provision of information to the US embassy in which Barbados’ corruption could figure and to show Barbados’ Government solidarity with its neighbours.

    Interesting times.


    • It seems a government which was washed into power on an agenda of transparency should feel obligated to advise the taxpayers and soon to be electorate why it fired its political consultant at the CBC.

      A four line resignation letter demonstrates a continuing uncouthness and arrogance which we thought was behind us.

      @checkit-out

      Do you mean cogitate or meditate?


  23. David; Perhaps what it was washed into power with, was CLICO’s money and the Bajan’s electorate feeling that three terms was more than enough for any government. Given Stuart’s somewhat secretive style do you think it is likely that he will say more on this matter than he absolutely has to?

    What transparency what?


  24. What did Wickham say in those cables that are not to the point if not factual? This is precisely what goes on in these islands of ours. As we say in mine Sungu not better than Lungu.
    Politicians around here need to clean up their acts and remember they are our servants and not the other way ’round. Even when they get elected on a “need for transparency platform” they promptly forget. Even after two terms they keep promising. In mine there is a requirement that campaign contributions be declared to the elections office by a certain time, and it is obvious that there is no corelation between the amounts received and spent.


  25. @ David/CheckitOut

    Letters of dismissal are usually four lines or less. If there is a fifth line, it tells the dismissed worker to leave the keys of the company’s vehicle with the security guard. It would appear as though you guys are self-employed and not privileged to see letters of dismissal in the private sector.I believe that the young gentleman was a contract worker and if the period of the contract was breached, he would be compensated accordingly. I have never heard about transparency (the true reason for dismissal) in the termination of a contract worker’s services whether it is in the private or public sector.


    • @Chuckles

      Come, come!

      Peter has stated on his FB page he knows not why he was sacked.

      If for no other reason the reputation of the guy has been sullied given the nature of his job.

      The taxpayers deserve a lot more information than has been fed.

      In the private sector if a person is sacked they are told or they face a wrongful dismissal law suit.


  26. You Bajans continue to amuse me; it was once said that in Barbados it was VERY easy for the US to obtain information. All they needed to do was to wave a GREEN CARD or a long term visa. Some one need to find out what Peter Wickham got. He is not the first or will he be the last. We once had a Permanent Secretary and wife team actually providing government documents. That was in Tom Adams time. When the PS retired he worked in the security section of the embassy here. Maybe the US did not know that we knew.


  27. “What do you think will be the theme/agenda of this government come next general election?” – David, in the 9:47 pm, September 3, 2011 post.

    David,

    Why should they (any serious national issues – assuming that they would form part of any agenda of which you so speak) not be reflective of those of the concerns of the majority of the people, and not those of any joke DLP Government, or any dotish BLP opposition in Parliament??

    And why not have these lead issues – and an agenda-setting structure too – themselves provide a platform from which to launch a process very meaningful and direct and painstaking of bringing government closer to the people of this country??

    What DLP, BLP what??

    The People are the Masters.

    So, why the apparent genuflecting towards these two backward, corrupt, intellectually feeble, politically bankrupt factions??

    Indeed, the majority of voters in Barbados have six years within which TO KICK both these idiotic factions out of the parliament of this country – and rightfully so for all the wrongs that they have done to the broad masses and middle classes of people of this country over the years – and too within this same six years to help identify with and grow and develop very significant people centered nationalist alternatives in the country.

    PDC


  28. @ David

    You didn’t see the words ‘true reason for dismissal’. Company lawyers find every reason except the truth to fire workers including management staff. Peter knows better than you or I that as a contract worker, he would not
    get the real reason in writing. He will get every cent that is due to him for the period which he signed the contract. There is no unfair dismissal for that category of worker.


    • @Chuckles

      But are we not discussing his dismissal against the back of a government claiming to want to be the most transparent of all?

      Perhaps that objective died with David Thompson.

      BU wonders at which point is Mara Thompson is going to sound her voice on this matter.


    • Here is what Wikileaks has to say about Mottley and Arthur:

      C O N F I D E N T I A L BRIDGETOWN 001057 SIPDIS SIPDIS SOUTHCOM ALSO FOR POLAD E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/16/2016 TAGS: ECON EIND PGOV EFIN PINR BB XL

      SUBJECT: MOTTLEYNOMICS – THE RETURN OF THE STATE? Classified By: DCM Mary Ellen T. Gilroy for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

      ¶1. (C) Summary: Barbados Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley recently announced a plan for massive government investment in the ailing furniture and garment industries. She touted the idea as a way to reduce Barbados’ persistent trade deficit and slow the outflow of foreign exchange. Her proposal, made at a conference on industrial development, attracted universal criticism from other conference participants and represented a radical departure from Prime Minister Owen Arthur’s policies of encouraging private investment and divesting state enterprises. This apparent divergence on economic policy may create a divide between Arthur and Mottley, his heir apparent as the ruling Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader. In the unlikely event that Mottley’s policies were to prevail, Barbados could be stuck with inefficient and uncompetitive state manufacturing enterprises that would increase the already high national debt and become a drain on government resources. End Summary.

      ¶2. (SBU) Barbados Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development Mia Amor Mottley delivered the feature address at a May 31 conference celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC). In a clever and eloquent address, she highlighted the history of the furniture and garment industries in Barbados, tying them to slavery and colonialism and exalting the creativity of local designers. Uttering phrases evoking nationalism and emotional attachment to the past, she presented an unlikely vision of world-class furniture and garments coming out of Barbados. Criticizing the unwillingness of private capital to invest in these two industries, she said the Government of Barbados (GOB) must take an “entrepreneurial role” in Barbados’ industrial development, meaning the GOB should invest heavily in the furniture and garment industries and run the industries in a public/private partnership. (Note: Private capital has probably stayed away because there is little hope of making a profit from manufacturing furniture and garments in Barbados. The country has some of the highest wages in CARICOM and would have to import the necessary raw materials for these industries (lumber and fabric). End Note.) ——————-

      Bio Note on Mottley ——————-

      ¶3. (C) Mottley easily dominates any gathering with her commanding physical presence, razor-sharp mind, and eloquent speech delivered in a distinctive contralto voice. She demonstrated her leadership skills when she quickly organized the police and military to restore order after inmates rioted and burned down the country’s only prison in March 2005. Mottley was the youngest ever lawyer in Barbados to attain the rank of Queen’s Counsel, and has been in the leadership of the ruling Barbados Labour Party for over a decade. Her competence has given way to arrogance at times, and she has been known to walk out of negotiations and assume knowledge of subjects in which she has little expertise, such as business and economic policy. Many observers viewed PM Arthur’s decision to move her from Attorney General to Minister of Economic Development in the February cabinet shuffle as a way to round out her skills in preparation for a run for Prime Minister. ——————————- A Real Problem – A Bad Solution ——————————-

      ¶4. (C) As a small, import-dependent island with a fixed currency and minimal exports, Barbados has a structural trade deficit and a foreign exchange problem. Rising standards of living coupled with easier access to credit have increased demand for imports, thus making the country a victim of its own economic success. Except for a financial crisis in the early 1990’s, Barbados has managed to earn enough foreign exchange from tourism, other service exports, and investment to maintain its reserves at a sustainable level. GOB efforts to right this trade imbalance had previously focused on encouraging exports through private investment. This new “Mottleynomics” of state investment in manufacturing could drive up the country’s already-high debt while creating two more inefficient state-run albatrosses similar to the sugar industry. —————– Instant Criticism —————–

      ¶5. (SBU) As Ministers tend to do when attending conferences in Barbados, Mottley entered the conference room, gave her speech, and left immediately. Subsequent presenters indirectly rebutted her assertions by focusing on the need for private investment and for the country to produce what it has a competitive advantage in producing. Michael Howard, a professor at the University of the West Indies, made the most direct criticism of Mottleynomics. Arguing that furniture and garments are the “way of the past,” he stated that Barbados could not compete with Trinidad in manufacturing. Howard’s remark drew titters of knowing laughter from the assembled audience of business leaders. ——- Comment ——-

      ¶6. (C) Mottley was a relatively competent if disorganized Attorney General, but she seems truly out of place as Minister of Economic Development. Lacking experience and training in business and economics, Mottley has refused to consult with business leaders in Barbados and has apparently embraced discredited statist import substitution policies. The obvious divergence in approach between the Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Economic Development and her mentor, PM Arthur, may signal a divide in the BLP over economic policy. Because it seems highly improbable that Mottley can persuade the PM, a forward-leaning economist, to support GOB investment in the furniture and garment industries, her backward-looking proposal is likely to be short-lived. KRAMER


  29. @ David

    Transparency in politics is a joke. It is a ‘catch phrase’ which is used by political parties worldwide and if the electorate likes it they run with it. Our dearly beloved Obama promised all sorts of transparency and staunchest supporters are silenced because he can’t deliver on his promises.
    I hold no brief for any of the political parties in Barbados. I feel sorry for Mr. Wickham but he is no different a contract worker from the youngster who is employed on contract, as a teller at any bank in Barbados.


  30. Chuckles

    Everyone is or should be aware that a contract worker serves at the pleasure of the employer, but Wickham’s dismissal on the heels of the Wikileaks disclosure makes the timing very suspicious.

    When a known DLP operative then confirms that the Wikileaks story is the reason for dismissal shouldn’t we be convinced.

    The question is why would a Gov’t fire a media commentator who spoke about corruption in the Caribbean when that Gov’t was not implicated


  31. Wunnna mekkin’ a mountain outta a molehill. CBC cutting down on expenses and the external contract workers are the first to go. Was the man fired or was his contract simply not renewed? Is he the only one? Wait and see who else goes. What about John Lovell has he kept his pick?

    In all fairness to him if it is that his contract was not renewed for financial reasons both he and the public should be told so.


  32. @ Sargeant

    The question is why would a Gov’t fire a media commentator who spoke about corruption in the Caribbean when that Gov’t was not implicated
    ——————————————————————————————–
    Sarge my boy, I wish I had the answer. lol. We could get all the answers to this ‘Cohobblopot’ if our Loyal Opposition could table a non-binding motion to be voted on by the members of the House of Assembly saying ‘This House believes it is in the public interest for CBC to re-instate Mr. Wickham as its political consultant.”. Yes, the debate must be telecast/broadcast live on tv/radio. What sayest thou?


  33. Peoples all, Peter was not an employee of the CBC he was a contracted consultant just like Trevor Marshall and old man Mr. Hinkson who were also ‘fired’ by the Dems..
    However all the RDC, NHC, NCC and UDC persons fired by the DLP were actual EMPLOYEES appointed to established posts; yet this blog argued that they were political appointees and the persons ought to have known that once government changed they would be dismissed. Isn’t ‘Resident Political Consultant’ to CBC a political appointment? Is it even an established post? Was it advertised for tender?
    I never heard any calls for parliamentary debate or explanation in the RDC, NHC, UDC etc scenarios. The fact that these persons were appointed under the former adminsitration and therefore had to be supporters of the BLP was enough reason.
    This is just the beginning of the Freundel vs Sinckler internal war notice another Sincklerite, Derek Alleyne, gone from the UDC.


  34. @enuff

    You are correct when you say Wickham’s dismissal has resonated with the population. This is fueled even more by his name mentioned in the latest Wikileaks cables released.

    How many blogs have been posted which garner 20 comments about food security and the like.

    Go figure!


  35. @ David

    Thanks for the post re furniture and garment industry.
    Yet we hear the former government did nothing to resturcture the economy. If I recall correctly, there was a committee that looked at Barbadian furniture vernacular with the view of patenting the designs and a full scale production facility was to be constructed for fashion designers. Invest Barbados also produced a fashion show at the Concord facility and financed a young Barbadian designer to study in Italy. What became of these two initiatives? And they must have been supported by Owen because the first and only show was in December 2007 me thinks.
    You should also note that Kramer was a Republican appointee i.e. pro-market.


  36. @David

    That assessment about Mottley was probably penned by the Embassy’s political officer, you will probably find assessments about Thompson too, the USA likes to keep tabs on which leader is likely to emerge.

    Mottley would hardly be pleased about the assessment as it is by no means flattering, it paints her partly as an autocratic no nothing who can speak well but was out of her depth when it came to Economic affairs.

    Hardly a recommendation for the country’s top job, but American State Dept. employees don’t get to vote in Barbados or even at the BLP’s annual conference.


  37. @Enuff

    If I recall correctly, there was a committee that looked at Barbadian furniture vernacular with the view of patenting the designs and a full scale production facility was to be constructed for fashion designers

    *****************************

    After reading the above I had to consult my calendar to see if it was April 1st, Did someone actually establish a committee that would consider patenting furniture design? Wuhloss, wuhloss, the things people come up with when they have too much time on their hands. Did they ever hear of China? The moment a successful product is launched anyway in the world the Chinese have a knock off in a nano second. This is a country which had a fake Apple store , not to mention fake Gucci, fake Hermes, fake Rolexes, fake you name it.

    Full scale production facility for fashion designers? Where is the competition? Bangladesh, Thailand, China etc. where there are precious few labour laws and cheap labour is plentiful.

    Sounds like more like a group of people “Brain Storming” about possible ways to stimulate the Economy than any bone fide Committee

    I wouldn’t want to tout those examples as an indication of Gov’t action to “restructure” the Economy?


  38. @David

    Very useful information

    I have followed some of the story and I heard the conflicting claims about who was right and who was wrong. Wikileaks needed the Guardian to get the information out so as evidence of good faith they gave The Guardian reporter the password to their files, here is where the story gets murky according to the Guardian the password was supposed to be temporary- which I don’t believe for a second- If the password was temporary how would the Guardian have access to the files on a continuous basis?

    According to the article in the link provided, to access the file, in addition to the password one needed to insert an additional word. Now the reporter has a story which dropped into his lap and what does he do he seeks to capitalize on it by writing a book in which he provides the password and the extra word ( how dumb can one get) .

    Still the final decision was Wikileaks to make and because they felt that the whole file was compromised they decided to release everything.

    What is that Bajan saying again ,“Head aint brains”.


  39. @sargeant

    The operative word you used is FAKE. In spite of the Chinese fake market, the sale of established luxury brands continues to increase during these recessionary times.
    Secondly, fashion design and garment industries are two different things; and while I am talking about designers i.e creative industry you are referring to the assembling of clothes.
    Lastly, which Apple product sells better, the real or the fake from the store in China?


  40. If Wickham was an undercover agent for USA supplying information on Caribbean leaders albeit not Barbados he deserves to be fired from a post which his audience depends on his integrity as an independent poliitcal commentaor not in any one’s pocket. Not good at all Peter you let a lot of us Bajan patriots down.
    @David | September 3, 2011 at 10:44 AM |
    @checkit-out
    (What is there to blog about the two Barbados reps being called to a meeting?)
    For starters the money spent by BFA to send two clowns to Jack and Bin bribe meeting could been used to bring in pro footballers Emmerson Boyce and Ifill to save Barbados the ongoing embarassment of getting slaughtered in WC matches as poor rakey Guyana did over the weekend. The BFA really is the worst sports association around and they dont care.


  41. @Enuff

    Actually the fake Apple store in China sells authentic Apple products. Go figure! Ok what is a “full scale production facility” for fashion designers?

    I don’t know if fakes outsell the “Real MCoy” after all the manufactures of the fake products are hardly likely to release any records. What I do know is that periodically I see a video clip where the Chinese Govt uses heavy machinery to crush fake products, so the manufacturers of the genuine products must be worried.

    The whole concept furniture patent and fashion design still sound like a “Brain Storming” session to me.


  42. Based on the advice from Prime Minister Stuart, it is better to explain a man than to waste time criticising him. Politics in Barbados has become predictable. You can expect Owen Arthur to give the impression that only he can run the Barbados economy. You can expect him to repeat himself over and over, even as he alleges that the economy is worsening. He can be expected to criticise Finance Minister Christopher Sinckler, who is merely trying to fix some of the very problems, which were manufactured during Owen Arthur’s tenure. And, you can expect Owen Arthur to spend every passing day trying to give the impression that Minister Sinckler does not know what he is doing.

    This is understandable, even though a colossal waste of effort and energy but Arthur knows that if Sinckler gets it right, as Minister of Finance, especially coming out of what many regard as the second worst global economic crisis in history – then Owen Arthur’s allege grip loosens and he immediately becomes even more irrelevant to a rapidly changing Barbados. The reason is simple: Arthur’s campaign to become Prime Minister more times than Errol Barrow – is that he alone can manage Barbados and its economy. In essence, the success of Christopher Sinckler can determine Owen Arthur’s political future. Talk about making yourself vulnerable! That is a very serious predicament but nevertheless, one which accurately describes Owen Arthur’s reality.

    Barbadians will never forget that during his budget reply on Tuesday, August 16th 2011 (exactly two months before the first anniversary of him and four others having snatched power from the former Leader of the Opposition) that Owen Arthur launched (what might have been intended as a missile) which failed to have the desire effect. In fact, it back-fired! But at least he is consistent because, about three years ago, Owen Arthur also called a Media Conference at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill (on the very morning that Parliament was meeting) and launched an ugly attack on Barbados’ first female Leader of the Opposition and begged Barbadians to find her “unacceptable.”

    No one expects that worse could come. But when the health of the late Prime Minister began to deteriorate, a meeting was held at Prior Park; five signatures were attached to a letter, which was addressed to the Governor General and the former female Opposition Leader was charged by the five; tried and sentenced and then invited the next day to a trial. Since that day, while the five that remove her seem to be obsessed with gaining State power and blaming the DLP for the current recession – in a humble and dignified way – the ousted former Opposition Leader continues to do positive things all across Barbados, in the interest of the people.

    t is crystal clear that her motivation is not a desire for power but a life dedicated to service and making the problems of the ordinary people, her problem. In January, perhaps when it was realised that things could get even tougher for the people of Barbados, the Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P., launched an “Adopt a Family,” initiative and encouraged those with the financial capacity to make a difference – to help at least one family cope during this challenging period.

    Busted on Camera

    But what could have caused Arthur to give the impression to the entire country that he was not at Cabinet the day/s when the issue of VECO and the Prison was discussed? In case you missed it, here is what Owen Arthur said in his reply: “And Sir you know I, I sometimes wish I was at Cabinet when that came, but I accept responsibility for it.”

    The impression was also given that Senator Darcy Boyce was the head of the Technical Committee. But, a check with page 3, paragraph 4 of the Ministerial Statement laid by the then Attorney General, Dale Marshall, in Parliament on October 16, 2007 – does not support this other “horrible allegation” that Darcy Boyce headed that Technical Committee.

    PM Stuart and Minister Sinckler defend the honour of the former BLP Cabinet

    It was only when Prime Minister Stuart gave the actual dates and also, during his wrap-up, when Finance Minister Sinckler gave the dates when the matter was discussed by the Cabinet (which showed beyond doubt that contrary to what Owen Arthur had told the House, he had in fact, Chaired those meetings) that he (Owen Arthur) contradicted what he had told the House on Tuesday. Barbadians again saw the worse of a leader who has fallen from grace and were reminded why he was dumped by them in 2008.

    Even more damaging, is page 4, paragraph 2 of the same Ministerial Statement laid by the then Attorney General, Dale Marshall, in Parliament on October 16, 2007, which reads: “The Cabinet at its meeting of May 26, 2005 accepted the recommendation of the Technical Committee and agreed that negotiations with VECO USA Inc. should commence in order to conclude an agreement for the construction and financing of the new prisons at Dodd, St. Philip under a Public-Private Partnership agreement.”

    No one has so far called on Owen Arthur to resign and perhaps, given the event of October 18th 2010 and the terms of the “Prior Park Accord,” no one will. Owen Arthur once said that a leader should be feared. But it gets even most horrible! He is now telling the country that he alone prepared past budgets and that members of his Cabinet only saw them or even heard what they contained, when he was presenting them in the House. Barbados is a democracy, and the pattern of behaviour Arthur described is clearly not ‘good governance.’

    Owen Arthur alleges that Barbadians are suffering badly but does not seem to have any ideas how to help them, ‘at this defining moment.’ Becoming Prime Minister of Barbados, again and for a period longer than Errol Barrow seems to be his priority and motivation. He does not seem to realise that his lack of effort to do things to help, even people in his Constituency, “now” – when it matters most – is crystal clear confirmation that he is totally irrelevant to the needs and immediate circumstance of even the people of St. Peter!


  43. “Well, well, well fire a man for telling the truth.” I said that to a friend today and he reminded me that he too was fired for telling the truth. But CBC is a strange place. I always wondered how a man who cannot speak or write a sentence in standard English, or standard Bajan got to be Chairman. But then again what the hell didn’t the BLP make Joey Harper a man who abandoned his own children Chairman of the Child Care Board?

    David Thompson is dead and not a minute too soon.

    The CLICO policy holders, and former employees will never get their money back. Isn’t it time we stop lying to people?


  44. @ Sargeant

    “Actually the fake Apple store in China sells authentic Apple products.”
    The authenticity of the store is irrelevant once the PRODUCT is authentic, and then again it is China where only the Chinese shop.

    “I don’t know if fakes outsell the “Real MCoy” after all the manufacturers of the fake products are hardly likely to release any records.”
    Who knows if they do or not, what we do know is that there are different customers with hugely different levels of disposable income–$30 vs $300 for the ‘same’ item.

    “Ok what is a “full scale production facility” for fashion designers?”
    I was merely referring to the creative (design) side of the process, the pre-manufacturing aspect. So think space (not a bedroom in someone’s house) and facilities that would allow experimenting with textiles, sketching, patternmaking, sample making, fittings, business meetings etc

    “The whole concept furniture patent and fashion design still sound like a “Brain Storming” session to me.”
    Tell that to IKEA or Italy’s fashion industry. You recall the local bag maker who got her bags in Anna Sui, the American designer, shops?


  45. @ Owen Bitter Because Sinckler’s Success Can Determine Arthur’s Political Future

    Stupse!! They are ALL after power: Freundel, Owen, Sinckler, Mia and YOU too, so spare us the crossbearing diatribe.

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